Supervisors approve Prairie Ridge Urban Renewal Plan

Lt. Justin Kingrey and Sheriff Jason Sandholdt (foreground) discuss the 2020-21 budget with the Board of Supervisors; Mark Raymie, Kisha Jahner and Steve McCombs. (photo by Steve Woodhouse)

The next steps were taken to move the Prairie Ridge housing development forward when the Marion County Board of Supervisors approved an urban renewal plan for the project at the Tuesday, April 14, regular meeting.

The County is partnering with the City of Pella to provide infrastructure necessary for several new homes. The Pella School Board also approved the urban renewal area.

Pella City Administrator Mike Nardini told the board that the developer would like to build the infrastructure this calendar year. Creation of an urban renewal area is required for tax-increment financing.

In other board action, a contract was approved with Sta-Bilt Construction Company, Inc., of Harlan for seal-coat road projects. The contract is worth $430,973.18.

A resolution was approved to permanently close 130th Place and an associated bridge east of Highway 14, south of Knoxville. This has been in the works for some time. Approval was also given to change bridge ratings on several County bridges, following the most recent inspections.

Approval was given to a site plan for 901 75th Ave, Pleasantville. A kennel is planned.

The County employees’ benefit plan was also approved, with a 6.57 percent increase in health insurance costs. Salaries for five department heads were approved following a closed session.

This meeting was held online, as the supervisors continue to meet every day from 9 a.m.-noon to discuss COVID-19. The next regular board meeting will be Tuesday, April 28, at 9 a.m.